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Cat Marine Engines Power New Pilot Boats

Posted on November 17, 2009

The Laurentian Pilotage Authority (LPA), based in Montreal, recently commissioned a new pilot boat constructed at Hike Metal Products Ltd shipyard. Central Canadian Caterpillar dealer Toromont supplied the propulsion machinery and generator sets for the “Grandes Eaux” (Mighty River). The vessel is powered by twin Cat C32 ACERT propulsion engines rated at 708 kW at 1600 r/min and is designed to be capable of 25 knots. Onboard electrical power comes from two Cat C2.2T generator sets each rated 29.5 ekW. The pilot boat operates from Les Escoumins and transfers pilots to and from ships along the St. Lawrence River.

Réjean Lanteigne, chief executive officer for LPA, said that the selection of Cat engines and gen-sets was based on the company's assessment of product reliability and service presence.

The Grandes Eaux also incorporates many of the latest technologies and safety features being designed for modern pilot boats, such as deck- and hand-rail heating to avoid ice build up, a stern-mounted hydraulic lift to aid overboard passengers, and a neoprene fender to cushion impacts during pilot transfers.

Along with the engine and gen-set installation, the Toromont engineers worked to tune the Caterpillar-supplied Multi-Station Control System (MSCS) which is designed to provide instant shifting and throttle response, which can be important for close-quarters maneuvering in rough weather.

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